Pompey lose final warm-up as Appy waits to buy

Dan Smith was involved in both Pompey goals as the Blues' academy side lost 3-2 at Southend Picture: Colin Farmery

Late heartache for Pompey Academy

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Pompey fell to a 2-1 defeat to Salisbury in their final pre-season warm-up today.

A side made up largely of development squad players went down to a loss to the Conference South side at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

First-half goals from Stuart Sinclair and Chris McPhee made the difference, with Jack Compton pulling a goal back from the spot.

There were two new faces in triallist goalkeeper Jordan Santiago and defender Jerel Ifil for the game, with Kieran Djilali and Compton also featuring.

The result underlines Michael Appleton’s plight as he continues to wait for Portpin’s takeover to be completed and to make signings.

The reality is, as things stand, a number of this side will have to feature in the Capital One Cup at Plymouth on Tuesday unless things development on that front.

Pompey’s best first-half chance fell to Compton in the first-half when he fired George Colson’s cross at Willem Puddy.

Djilali nearly put Dan Thompson clear moments before that but Puddy was alert to block.

Pompey fell behind five minutes before the break, and it was a peach of goal from Salisbury midfielder Stuart Sincliar which made the breakthrough.

Sinclair found space 25 yards out to curl a lovely effort past triallist Santiago’s dive.

The home side’s second followed three minutes later when Sinclair reached the byline and cut the ball back for Chris McPhee to bundle the ball home.

The second-half was a pedestrian affair with little in the way of clear cut chances for either side.

But Compton won a penalty with nine minutes left when Robbie Matthews handed his cross, which he dispatched.

Now, it’s a case of seeing what Balram Chainrai will do - and whether he will actually allow Appleton to get to work in the transfer market.